Carolina Clash: Weeks Picks up First Win of the Season at Friendship
By: Alex Cummings
ELKIN, N.C. - May 30. When the dust settled at Friendship Speedway,
Ricky Weeks come out on top of the 24 car starting field with a $4,000
payday. The win was Weeks first Carolina Clash Late Model win of the season in his Randy Clary powered Rocket
“I have to thank my sponsors including Starette Trucking and Parton Lumber” said Weeks in victory lane.
The win comes on the verge of Weeks transitioning back to his own team. “It was decided this week that I would
go back to running my own cars and my own team” said Weeks after the race. The transition might be just what the
doctor ordered as Weeks won his 30th career Carolina Clash race.
Weeks led the field to green as second starting Chris Meadows enjoyed his career best start with the Carolina
Clash. The first major caution
happened on lap 11 when Jeff Smith's #18m slammed into the inside wall
in turn two. Smith was unable to continue and parked behind the wall.
Jordan Bland spun simultaneously and went to the back of the field, but over the next 10 laps, Bland moved up 11
spots utilizing the high side of the
super fast, 3/8 mile oval. Also moving to the high side was Jay Sessoms on his way to a top 10 finish after
starting the race in 23rd.
Chris Ferguson was fighting hard for the lead with Weeks and was
attempting to pass him on the outside when another caution flew for Justin Labonte. After a few more single car
cautions, the field restarted the race on lap 24 and a massive six-car pileup ensued.
On the restart, Ferguson and Meadows got together, which sent Meadows car hard into the outside wall. The rest
of the field had nowhere to go, and the #93 of Donald Bradsher rolled after being hit by Scott Shirey. Also
the wreck was Ronnie Hoover, who was making his way up through the
field before the wreck, as well as Dustin Mitchell and Ray Tucker. Only Mitchell and Tucker would return to the
race as the other four cars had too much damage to continue.
The next caution came on lap 37 when Dennis Franklin spun and again on the next lap when Bland spun and ended
his night after passing 17 cars on the high side of the track.
When the green flag flew again for the last time, Weeks was able to motor away from the field just enough to
take the win. Ferguson finished in a very
close second, leading Dan Breuer, who ran in the top five all night, Luke Roffers, and Dean Bowen.
at Friendship Speedway - May 30th: 1. Ricky Weeks, 2.
Chris Ferguson, 3. Dan Breuer, 4. Luke Roffers, 5. Dean Bowen, 6. Jay Sessoms, 7. Ray
Tucker, 8. Dennis Franklin, 9. Johnny Pursley, 10. Timmy Blackwell, 11. David Taylor,
12. Dustin Mitchell, 13. Jordan Bland, 14. Craig Shuffield, 15. Chris Meadows, 16.
Donald Bradsher, 17. Ronnie Hoover, 18. Scott Shirey, 19 Chris Blackwell, 20. Brain
Moody, 21. Justin Labonte, 22. Jeff Smith, 23. Jeff Cooke, 24. Chris